In February 2003, Carol Ann Roberson was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Training and established her office in the Police Academy on East 20th Street in Manhattan. She was instrumental in re-writing the Recruit Training Curriculum and integrating information on working with the elderly, the disabled, and other people who are often on the fringe of society. Commissioner Roberson presently oversees the Human Resources Section, the Educational Resource Center, the Archive Unit, and the Training Bureau Web Development Section. Prior to her move to the Police Academy, Commissioner Roberson was appointed Assistant Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity on March 2, 1992. The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity is charged with the responsibility to ensure that NYPD is free from employment discrimination. The office oversees the authority of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other local, state, and federal laws which apply to employment discrimination.
In 1986, she was appointed as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities by Mayor Edward I. Koch, which began her career in public service after many years as a social work clinician in the private sector. Assistant Commissioner Roberson also served as Assistant Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunity and Special Projects at the New York City Department of Employment.
Assistant Commissioner Roberson is a Licensed Social Worker and has also worked as a rehabilitation counselor and trainer. She was an Assistant Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Hunter College School of Social Work. She has an expertise in the area of disability and has served on several special projects, including the New York State Task Force on Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and of the Committee for Persons with Disabilities at Lincoln Center.
Assistant Commissioner Roberson is a post-polio quadriplegic and uses a motorized wheelchair for mobility. She is married to her husband Carl and has two daughters who are both New York City school teachers.